...and we just got MTV in my home, I think it was May. I was immediately transfixed by the new music video channel. Prior to my budding interest in New Wave music, which started a couple years before, I spent the 1970's listening to Kiss. And considering the lyrical content of just about every Kiss song, I can see why it appealed to me as a pre-teen. It's beyond juvenile. But now it was time to grow up and listen to songs about spaceships and aliens, with bands looking the part. Enter A Flock Of Seagulls. From the first time I saw the video for 'I Ran', I was hooked. The song was (and still is) awesome, the band looked odd and cool, and I had to have the LP. So as I often did at that age, I cleaned the house to earn the $6.99 to buy the album from my local record store. Thankfully, they had one misplaced copy, and I got it!
It turned out to be a great year for music, and I'm not just talking singles. The bulk of most New Wave LP's released in the early 80's were often very good, and this album was a prime example. I remember the first time I heard the instantly memorable and catchy 'Telecommunication', I had to play it again. The sound that stood out most to me on the album was Paul Reynolds' very distinctive guitar. His classic guitar riffs rule energetic timepieces like 'You Can Run' and 'Modern Love is Automatic'. I couldn't get enough of this band at the time, and even remember the world premiere of their new video, 'Space Age Love Song'. The band were hot at the time, but it was a shame to have them viewed as a joke in the musically miserable 90's. Thankfully, appreciation for the band as true individuals has remained, and even increased over time. I've never been ashamed to admit to being a fan, even when people were drowning themselves in dreck like Nirvana and Pearl Jam back in those grey days.
This latest CD edition is remastered entirely from original studio master tapes, and sounds dramatically improved over previous CD releases. You also get essential bonus tracks. 'Windows' may be my personal favorite AFOS song. Its got a strangely catchy melancholy to it. 'Pick Me Up' makes its first CD appearance on this edition, and is just as catchy as some of the better album tracks.
A Flock of Seagulls would go on to release two more very strong albums, Listen (1983) and The Story of a Young Heart (1984) before falling apart. When Paul Reynolds was out of the band, it was over. I loved seeing them back together years ago in the VH1 episode of Bands Reunited, and it looked as if everyone truly enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately, by the time the tour made it to my area, advertised as the original band, it was back to being Mike Score and his alternate band. It would have been a Dream Come True (pun intended, regarding their lackluster 1986 album) to have seen my first MTV love in their original incarnation. Say what you want about the hairdo, AFOS released some amazing music during their heyday. Go on, admit it all you metal and grunge fans, you always had a secret soft spot for A Flock of Seagulls.